10 things that happen when you transition from traveler to travel blogger

10 things that happen when you transition form traveler to travel blogger take me with you

Like all adventures, the transition from traveler to travel blogger never goes exactly as expected. One minute you’re opening your brand new, shiny wordpress account, daydreaming of the day someone will actually pay you to gallivant around the globe . . .

The next, you’re up to your neck in editorial calendars, social media, and editing content.

You already love to write and travel, so what could change? Everything, as a matter of fact.

Like all adventures, the transition from traveler to travel blogger never goes exactly as expected. Click To Tweet

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1. “Travel” is no longer synonymous with “vacation”

Completely unplugging or going off the grid is no longer an option when you need to post updates to your blog and social media. Trips are fuel for content, not just for relaxation.

2. You think of social media followers as real friends and not just numbers

Because without them, you’d be out of a job. Plus, the world is much smaller than you initially realized and you never know who you’ll run into.

3. Friends and family can’t decide whether you’re crazy or their own personal travel agent

Not that you mind either title.

4. You start subconsciously categorizing other foreigners into “tourists” and “travelers”

It’s not that you’re judging . . . quite. You just remember the days of scrambling to wait in line for overpriced sites before you realized that the best travel is often spontaneous, and slow.

5. Any last degree of introverted shyness evaporates when you’re solo in a new place

If only your shy, high school self could see you now: initiating conversations with interesting strangers and loving every minute of it.

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6. You become an expert selfie photographer

While exploring solo, you invent ingenious ways to document the experience. Which may or may not involve very precariously balanced situations with plenty of outtakes.

7. You consider buying you buy the blasted selfie stick

You may have laughed at them before, but suddenly the appeal is all too great to resist. If a picture’s really worth a thousand words, you’ll find a way to get that posed, Instagram-worthy shot.

8. Free Wi-Fi becomes a top accommodation priority

Never mind free breakfast, amenities, or jacuzzi access. If they have a reliable internet connection, you’ll book the room.

9. You have friends around the world

You recognize that the beauty of travel lies not only in the destination, but in the people you meet along the way. Your best stories and most cherished memories are with those who shared your adventures. Because, let’s face it, nothing creates a bond quite like running from an elephant in Tanzania, dancing through a Nicaraguan downpour, or hiking the deserted Celtic countryside.

10. You’re never completely at home anywhere

A part of your heart will always remain with the people you met in some far off land. Despite this curse of perpetual wanderlust, you wouldn’t have it any other way.

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The globetrotting wordsmith behind Take Me With You, Sierra specializes in sustainable, smart blogging strategies for part-time travel bloggers. Her wanderlust has taken her across 3 continents and 11 countries. She is the creator of the free ecourse, Travel Blog In 5.

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2 comments on “10 things that happen when you transition from traveler to travel blogger”

  1. Yaaas! Almost all of these work universally for non-blogger travel-addicts, too. I like that you call out the unintentional judgement of traveler v. tourist. It’s accidental and not necessarily malicious, but sometimes a small step back is necessary to not get too judgy — like the: “I don’t want to go to X location because of all the tourists.” Well maybe its popular because its awesome! And you’re right- never feeling completely at home… I always feel like I’m missing something that I can’t quite put my finger on. I think immersing myself in a travel-community (even if its only online) soothes that ache a bit.

    1. Sierra Donahue says:

      I’m so glad you can relate, Katie! I’ve also found the online travel community to be so incredibly supportive.

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